Diyanet: Legalising Child Rape
In an online religious glossary intended for the public released earlier this week, Diyanet, as the body is known, stated that these are the earliest ages for children to reach adolescence, and once the threshold of emotional and physical maturity is crossed, they must be allowed to marry “to save themselves from adultery.”
Now, if we examine the Quran, the first evidence we discover on Islamic law on child marriage is that the founder of Islam, Prophet Mohammed, married and engaged in sexual relations with a 9-year-old girl. So, not the best of starts for those who attempt to defend Islam.
The Quran also states on several occasions that it is lawful to marry and have sexual relations with females who have hit puberty, which biologically is anywhere between the ages of 9-13.
Meanwhile, Diyanet, which was once a secular watchdog that oversaw restrictions on religious proselytizing, has, according to its critics, morphed into a powerful propaganda tool for the Islamist government.
The Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, has denied approving underage marriages and said the glossary merely interpreted Islamic laws.